Whether our actors receive scripts or not, completing the audition is an exciting achievement,
and we're proud of you!
At Compass Creative Dramatics, we do our best not to waste too many trees, so if you or a friend didn't receive a script when we announced our cast, do not worry. It just means that we can teach that entire role without printing a script -- saving some trees in the process.
That said, if you've been given a script, you might not be quite sure how to use it effectively.
Well, you're in luck, because that's what I'm here for!
Peas & Harmony: The Princess & The Pea (Remixed)
and help you explore the new character you've been chosen to play.
Not all of your work is completed at rehearsal alongside your directors, though --
you have a big job at home, too!
The first thing you want to do is find a notebook and a pencil.
Then, grab your script and READ.
Now, you might be thinking, "That just means reading my part, right?"
When you read your script the first time, don't worry about your character. At all. Just read it through to hear the story, the way you might read a chapter book. Think of every scene as a chapter of the story, and at the end of the scene stop to think about it. This is called script analysis.
What new characters did we meet in this scene?
Where did the scene take place?
See if you can retell the scene in your own words. What happened in this scene?
How did the characters seem to react to what happened? Why do you think they reacted that way?
When you read your script the second time, start thinking about your character.
What I say about myself
What other characters say about me
Check out an example of this kind of list here.
How did my character change from the beginning of the story until the end?
What does my character do to help move the story forward?